UNITED STATES: Camp Casey reactivates anti-war movement
By setting up a camp outside US President George Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, on August 6 and demanding he met with her regarding the death of her son, Casey, in Iraq, Cindy Sheehan and her supporters have helped reactivate the US anti-war movement.
As opinion polls showed that a majority of US voters want some or all US troops withdrawn from Iraq, Sheehan's anti-war protest attracted widespread media coverage.
Camp Casey-type vigils have been set up outside federal government building across the country. On August 17, an estimated 1000 candlelight vigils against the US war in Iraq took place around the country.
Sheehan vowed to stay in Crawford until September 1, when she will follow Bush back to Washington. She will be joining tens of thousands of anti-war protesters in Washington on September 24.
On August 19, the two major coalitions that have initiated the September 24 anti-war National March on washington — United for Peace and Justice (UFP) and Act Now to End Racism and War (ANSWER) issued a statement announcing that they had agreed to hold a joint rally followed by a joint march.
The September 24 protest action is being organised under the slogan "End the war on Iraq! Bring the troops home now!" For more information, visit <http://www.unitedforpeace.org> or <http://www.internationalanswer.org>.
From Green Left Weekly, August 31, 2005.
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